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Rob Boddice works at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. An historian of science, medicine and the emotions, he is the author of The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and the editor of Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave, 2014). His forthcoming books include Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The History of Emotions (Manchester University Press, 2017). Boddice is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Ph.D in History (University of York), 2005.



·         A History of Feelings (London: Reaktion, forthcoming 2018).

·         The History of Emotions (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017).

·         Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press, 2017).

·         The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016).

·         Edward Jenner (Stroud: The History Press, 2015).

·         (editor) Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

·         (editor) Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011).

·         A History of Attitudes and Behaviours toward Animals in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain: Anthropocentrism and the Emergence of Animals (foreword by Boria Sax; Lewiston, N.Y.: Mellen, 2009).

Articles and Book Chapters

·         ‘Neurohistory’, Debating New Approaches in History, eds Peter Burke and Marek Tamm (London, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018).

·         ‘Experiences’, A Cultural History of Medicine, vol. 5, ed. Jonathan Reinarz (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018).

·         (with Stephanie Olsen) ‘Styling Emotions History’, Journal of Social History (forthcoming, 2017).

·         ‘The History of Emotions’, New Directions in Social and Cultural History, ed. Lucy Noakes (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017).

·         ‘Hysteria or Tetanus? Ambivalent Embodiments and the Authenticity of Pain’, Emotional Bodies: Studies on the Historical Performativity of Emotions, eds. Dolores Martin Moruno and Beatriz Pichel (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2017).

·         ‘Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox: Dr Jenner and the “Modern Chimera”’, Writing Creaturely Lives, eds. Dominik Ohrem and Roman Bartosch (Houndmills: Palgrave, forthcoming 2017).

·         ‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’, A Cultural History of the Emotions, vol. 5, ed. Susan Matt (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017).

·         ‘Vaccination, Fear and Historical Relevance’, History Compass, 14 (2016).

·         ‘Hurt Feelings?’, Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

·         ‘The Affective Turn: Historicising the Emotions’, Psychology and History: Interdisciplinary Explorations, eds. Cristian Tileagă and Jovan Byford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

·         ‘German Methods, English Morals: Physiological Networks and the Question of Callousness, c.1870-1881’, Anglo-German Scholarly Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Heather Ellis and Ulrike Kirchberger (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014).

·         ‘Four Stages of Cruelty? Institutionalizing Humanity to Animals in the English Media, c.1750-1840’, Mediale Konstruktionen, ed. W. Behringer (Studien zur Mediengeschichte, vol. 1, Korb: Didymos-Verlag, 2013).

·         ‘Species of Compassion: Aesthetics, Anaesthetics and Pain in the Physiological Laboratory’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 15 (2012) <;.

·         ‘The Historical Animal Mind: “Sagacity” in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, Experiencing Animals: Encounters between Animal and Human Minds, eds. Robert W. Mitchell and Julie Smith, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012).

·         ‘The End of Anthropocentrism’, Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments, ed. Rob Boddice (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011).

·         ‘The Manly Mind? Re-visiting the Victorian “Sex in Brain” Debate’, Gender and History, 23:2 (2011): 321-40.

·         ‘Vivisecting Major: A Victorian Gentleman Scientist Defends Animal Experimentation, 1876-85’, Isis, 102:2 (2011): 215-37.

·         ‘The Moral Status of Animals and the Historical Human Cachet’, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture and Politics, 30:3-4 (2010).

·         ‘In Loco Parentis: Public School Authority, Cricket and Manly Character, 1855-62’, Gender and Education, 21:2 (2009) 159-72.

·         ‘Forgotten Antecedents: Entrepreneurship and the Social in History’, An Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Voices, Preconditions, Contexts, ed. Rafael Ziegler (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, 2009).

·         ‘Manliness and the “Morality of Field Sports”: E.A. Freeman and Anthony Trollope, 1869-71’, The Historian, 70:1 (2008) 1-29.

Blog Posts


    The Making of Medicine’s Public-Relations Machine, 1870-1914

    Toxic Masculinity. 

    Exhibition: Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998 (Osler Library, Montreal).


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